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An overview of culture and technology in 1981

Erika Barringer

on 7 February 2012

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On August 1, 1981, at 12:01am, MTV debuted their first music video. (Video Killed the Radio Star, by the Buggles.)
This video set the tone of society as Culture and Technology began to mesh.
IBM introduced the first mass produced Personal Computer- The IBM 5150
MSDOS was officially released by Microsoft as the operating system bundled with the IBM 5150
Technogical Advances
The word "Internet" was first mentioned.
The FDA approved the use of the artificial sweetener, Aspartane
The Country became a Sweeter place !!
AIDS was first Identified in California
The first successful skin graph was completed at Massachusetts General Hospital
The first test tube baby in the US was born
China Cloned the first fish.
Medical Advancements in 1981
Ronald Reagan took office as the 42nd president. His inauguration speech was the first live broadcast to use closed captioning for the deaf.

Reagan also appointed the first female US Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, during his first year as president.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana became cultural icons as their fairytale wedding was broadcast live on television around the world.
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